JLCO with Wynton Marsalis, March 8, 2014

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Kuumbwa Jazz Presents

Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
At the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
Saturday, March 8, 2014
Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band performs outside the Civic Auditorium beginning at 6:30 PM

“The finest big band in the world today.” – The Daily Telegraph, UK

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis, comprising 15 of the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today, has been the Jazz at Lincoln Center resident orchestra since 1988.  Featured in all aspects of Jazz at Lincoln Center’s programming, this remarkably versatile orchestra performs and leads educational events in New York, across the U.S. and around the globe; in concert halls; dance venues; jazz clubs; public parks; and with symphony orchestras; ballet troupes; local students; and an ever-expanding roster of guest artists.

For their Santa Cruz engagement, the ensemble is presenting the compositions of three jazz greats: Duke Ellington, Thelonious Monk, and Chick Corea.

The son of New Orleans pianist Ellis Marsalis, Wynton Marsalis comes from a family long on talent. Saxophonist Branford Marsalis, trombonist Delfeayo Marsalis, and drummer Jason Marsalis are his siblings. It was Wynton and Branford who were the frontline for Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers in 1980, an association that exposed the brothers to the international jazz world. When he left Blakey to start his own quintet, Wynton’s career began a meteoric rise. He was the first musician to earn Grammy Awards (for 1983 and 1984) in both the jazz and classical music categories. The mainstream media, rarely focused on jazz, began paying attention to the young man with a horn. His music stood in stark contrast to the previous decade-long march of electric fusion groups across the jazz media. Although not without controversy in some quarters of the jazz community, Wynton was steadfast and unapologetic in his defense of the acoustic jazz tradition. In 1987, at the behest of Marsalis and others, Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts began a series of summer jazz concerts, the genesis for Jazz at Lincoln Center. By 1991, Jazz at Lincoln Center was firmly ensconced at Lincoln Center, with a regular radio program syndicated on NPR to boot. In 1996, JALC was inaugurated as a Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts constituent, with plans for its own performance venue

Marsalis continued to achieve success on the awards front, winning a Pulitzer Prize (1997) for his concert piece, Blood on the Fields, and another Grammy Award for Best Spoken Word Album For Children (1999). In 2004, his dream of a performing arts venue dedicated specifically to jazz presentation was finally realized with the construction of the Frederick P. Rose Hall, which houses three concert spaces : Rose Theater; The Allen Room; and Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola. As managing and artistic director for Jazz at Lincoln Center, Marsalis is as busy as ever performing with the JLCO in New York and on tour around the world. Besides Marsalis on trumpet, the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra consists of Ryan Kisor – trumpet; Marcus Printup – trumpet; Kenny Rampton – trumpet; Vincent Gardner – trombone; Chris Crenshaw – trombone; Elliot Mason – trombone; Sherman Irby -alto saxophone; Ted Nash – alto and soprano saxophones, clarinet; Walter Blanding, Jr. – tenor and soprano saxophones, clarinet; Victor Goines – tenor and soprano saxophones, Bb clarinet, bass clarinet; Paul Nedzela – baritone and soprano saxophones, bass clarinet; Dan Nimmer – piano; Carlos Henriquez – bass;  and Ali Jackson – drums.

The Kuumbwa Jazz Honor Band, an all-star ensemble of high school musicians led by noted pianist and composer, Eddie Mendenhall, will be performing outside the Civic Auditorium beginning at 6:30 pm.

CALENDAR INFO
Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis

DATE: Saturday, March 8, 2014
VENUE: Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
ADDRESS: 307 Church St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
TIME: 7:30 PM   (DOORS: 6:30 PM)
PRICE: $68.25/Gold Circle;  $47.25 / $ 36.75 General Reserved; No Comps or Gift Certificates
TICKETS: SantaCruzTickets.com, or the Santa Cruz Civic Box Office, 307 Church St. or by phone (831) 420-5260.
MORE INFO: http://www.kuumbwajazz.org or 831-427-2227

Media contact:
Zooey T. Jones
zjones@jalc.org
(212) 258-9821

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